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is off today. our starting point, tough talk on iran from president obama at the united nations, as iran's leader mahmoud ahmadinejad prepares to take the podium today. he's given fiery speeches before. he will inflame an already heightened tension in the middle east? >>> the battleground votes. new polls show president obama ahead in ohio, florida, and pennsylvania. and in some cases, by double digits. can mitt romney win the presidency without the power of these swing states? >> no. and by the way, check out this incredible video. a tornado touches down, ripping through homes and buildings. it is all caught on camera. >> wow. a busy morning ahead. our guests include michele flournoy, co-chair of the obama campaign nation security advisory committee. tiki barber, former player for the new york giants, rudy giuliani, former new york city mayor, ben cohen, co-founder of ben & jerry's ice cream and singer cyndi lauper. >> it is wednesday, september 26th. "starting point" beginning right now. first we have some news just in to cnn. two american soldiers in afghanistan were killed today in a
it's a sad and precautionary tale about gun safety. >>> president obama's united nations address began with a tribute to chris stevens. mr. obama called on the world leaders to join him in condemning the violence that killed stevens and three american staffers in the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the president then explained to world leaders why the u.s. cannot ban a youtube clip blamed for much of the violence in the middle east. the clip insults t s ths the pr muhammad. >> as president of our country and commander in chief of our military, i accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >>. [ applause ] >> president obama said there is no speech that justifies mindless violence and promised stevens' killers will be brought to justice. the president also discussed hope that concerns over iran's nuclear programs can be addressed through diplomacy. >>> from heartache to hope, it's a bittersweet day for a peninsula family whose loss of a child could help save the lives of others. doug and linda studebaker spoke a
. >> we cannot afford four more years of barack obama. we're not going to have four more years of barack obama. >> the battle for the white house zeros in on ohio. >> president obama and mitt romney will be in the same state at the same time. >> no republican has won the white house without winning the buckeye state. >> and ahmadinejad addresses the united nations today. >> israel believes you want to destroy them. you said you want to drive them from the face of the earth. it's a very serious question. >> football fans are still fumes over that botched call. >> the touchdown held around the world. >> some are calling it the worst call in the nfl history since the black eyed peas were asked to sing the super bowl. >> andy williams has died. >>> powerful waves create an intreadble scene in a paddle boat race. >> performance and regulations for self-driving cars. >>> would you say he is frugile or cheap. >> the seahawks were robbed of a win -- actually the packers were robbed. thank you for whoever wrote that. >> allen, you're late. >> i don't care. i had a [ bleep ] night last night. >>>
president obama's foreign policy. president obama will be speaking shortly at the clinton global initiative as well. president obama will speak before the u.n. general assembly this morning. busy day ahead for the two men trying to win the white house for the next four years. >>> 6:23. how about a little sports action. nl west champions giants begin final three game home stan at at&t park tonight. a's in texas still fighting for a playoff spot rangers came from behind last night. tying game with a two run homer in the 7th rangers win 5-4. >> tonight we find out which of the all-stars couples going home. competition is so tpaoefrz the judges are giving half point scores. -- ♪ >> 7 1/2. >> 7 1/2. >> 7 1/2. >>> last night former football star emmitt smith and his partner sheryl b tackled the cha-cha. sheryl from the from the peninsula, we always root for her they topped the evening 11 other dumps in the middle, finishing last pamela anderson and mcmanus results show tonight. >>> today on katie barbra streisand makes a rare television appearance. she talks about performing with her son. >> i
on wednesday. both president obama and republican candidate mitt ry spent the weekend preparingo go head-to-head. romney used senator rob portman of ohioo act as his opponent. john kerry played the role of roy for the president. supporters of each candidaty both men are ready. 00:10 "i think both of theme excellent in their own way.i think you could argue that t has had a lot more experien" :17 butt to: :00:46 "the president has a day job, the president's been president d has not had the time to practice, all we hear abouts that mitt romeny's been practicing, practicing practicing wherever he goes7 today, president obama headd headed to las vegas while mitt >>> i think that you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience. >> the president has a day job, he has been the president and he does not have a lot to practice. all we hear about is how much mitt romney is practicing, practicing wherever he goes. >> today, president obama headed to las vegas for a campaign event, while mitt romney attended church in massachusetts. >>> one of the most highly contested states is nevada
heat with president obama but behind most of the swing states scott pelley asked romney in to 960 minutes >>> you are slipping in the polls at this moment republicans are concerned about the campaign >>> actually a where it tied in the polls we're within the margin of error it bounces around day to day, >>> number one issue remains the economy on face the nation former president bill clinton defended the obama administration's economic plan >>> more likely to produce broadbased prosperity than romney's plan people will see that unless they believe that somehow magically somebody can rest back to full employment in four years. >>> the democrats continue to go after run a clamming his plan lacks specifics >>> that not offer specifics out to lift up the country >>>. republican committee fired back at some republicans >>> we are the only ones talking about how to save medicare the president rated medicare we have specifics coming out of our eyeballs >>> both camps expect to bring specifics to the voters dru levenson cbs news >>> you can see all of mitt romney's interview on 60 minutes
confirme confirmed. president obama has rae pete he hadly said the investigation is on to fine the killers and bring them to justice. abc news has learned that officials from the fbi which is leading the investigation in benghazi have not even gotten to benghazi. more than 16 days after the attack because of security concerns. now officials worry by the time they do get to the site it will have been pick clean. abc news the white house. >>> meantime the men responsible for the anti-muslim film that ripped apart the arab world has been ordered detaine detained. 55-year-old if man left u.s. district court in los angeles after hearing a federal judge call him a flight risk. he was arrested early today on 8 counts of violating his probation. seen earlier this month masked by clothes was on probation for check fraud and banned from using computers or the internet. the film depicts the profit mohammad as womanizer, religious fraud and chilled molester and it inflamed many people in the air ab world. >> immanuel this happening where you live. virtually an entire neighborhood growing po p
president obama in critical swing states new numbers come as both get ready for their upcoming debate. stay with the abc7 morning news in our next half hour we'll break down the new numbers. >>> we want a check of the weather. i do the street lamp test. >> what's the street lamp test? >> if i can see the moisture. >> you took years of meteorologist -- meteorologist rolling school. >> we need you mike. >> [ talking over each other ] >>> good morning. the clouds aren't as low, not as moisture laden as they were yesterday, still have flight arrival delays into sfo because the clouds are out there. santa rosa half mile visibility right now. clouds pull back to the coast where they will hang out with pockets of sun for you upper 50s to low 60s. 70s in the south bay, north bay, 80s mainly con betweened to the east bay valleys today. as far as around the monterey bay, low to upper 60s from monterey too santa cruz, 76 hollister possibly 82 around morgan hill. tomorrow, friday saturday, big warming trend comes in with a vengeance six degrees warmer tomorrow, couple more friday and couple more saturd
president obama's campaign is launching a new tv ad with that secretly recorded video of his opponent. jan crawford is covering the romney campaign in denver this morning. >> reporter: good morning. romney left california and headed here yesterday afternoon. he's trying to get his focus back on the economy after what his advisers even say was a terrible last week for him. at a rally here last night he really focused on jobs, and he came out swinging against the president. >> this could be the state that takes it over the edge! >> reporter: campaigning in the swing state of colorado, romney is keeping his focus on the economy. and his message more forceful and specific. >> they don't understand small business. i do. not because i studied it, but because i lived it. you have to be in business to understand how to create jobs. >> reporter: he's looking to put last week behind him. on the campaign plane sunday night to denver, romney told reporters he was buckling down. quietly rejecting suggestions the race may be slipping away. >> you know, we just keep on battling forward with our message.
before and the obama administration does not defend it anymore. it may be months before there is a court routeing on this. >>> a gay couple is suing after their engagement photo was used without their permission in an anti-gay attack ad in colorado. they say a nonprofit group that opposes gay marriage dare darr marriage took their photo without their permission and used a caption above it. the -- the group who made the ad has no comment about this. >>> president obama seems to be widening his lead over mitt romney nationwide. but alison burns is live in our washington, d.c. bureau with the one group that seems to be rallying behind the republican nominee. >> reporter: tori, mitt romney will campaign in northern virginia. here he is meeting with veterans. the poll shows romney with a double-digit lead over president obama. he and paul ryan have stepped up their call against looming defense cuts. >> we believe in peace through strength. we believe that when america's military is strong, america is safer. >> reporter: now, the obama campaign reports to other polls that show the president ha
obama and mid rom have stopped campaigning this weekend because they are preparing for wednesday's first presidential debate. abc news reporter david curly shows how they are studying for the face-off in colorado. >> reporter: president obama is in nevada this morning, where he'll spend the next three days in debate camp, reportedly at this posh resort in henderson. he heads into the debate with the latest tracking poll showing mr. obama holding a lead at six points. >> this ballgame for mitt romney right now. if he didn't do well it will be hard for him to get back. >> reporter: both candidates have check lists. romney has to avoid appearing detached. his to-do list. show compassion, that he is confident and he can, indeed, connect to voters. >> all three of those things, he suffered over the last couple of months, especially the last couple of weeks. so in those three "c"'s that is where he has to do well. >> and team obama knows it can be a game changer. president has to look strong and not passive and avoid appearing impatient and don't be long winded. >> they are trying to get him t
immigration law. >>> now to decision 2012. this morning, debate prep for president obama and mitt romney who are getting ready for the first faceoff on wednesday. trac tracie potts has a look. >> reporter: the president is preparing to face mitt romney in denver on wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but, what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. romney will be prepared and disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> president obama will be f formidable. i would not under estimate. >> reporter: john kerry playing romney in the weekend rehearsal. looking to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls the foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan is clearly and concisely explains how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >>
. >> the obama campaign engaged in character assassination. >> oh, sure. they completely misrepresent my point of view. >>> today at the united nations, benjamin netanyahu will issue dire warning on the nuclear program. >> hundreds of passengers endure a frightening landing, it straightened out as the train touched down. >>> a dying man's tip may lead to the final resting place of jimmy hoffa. police will drill beneath concrete in suburban detroit. it shows a teenager aiming a rocket launcher. >> a good way to get around town. we'll check this out. users can navigate their way under water. >> do you mind if i ask you a lot of dumb american questions? >> fire away. >> i love poland. i love the polish people. i like polish hot dogs. i like stripper poles. >> iran's president mahmoud ahmadinejad called for a new world order for western powers. >> everyone will get a mad dictator bobblehead doll. it's a collector's item. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." national football league officials are going back to work over three weeks of outrage, the nfl and regular reps agreed overnight on
this economy is enacting extreme austerity, and this debate is relevant whether it's obama or romney. is austerity actually denting growth, is it creating more problems than it solves. let me give you one example. we have a sales tax in this country that has been raised from 16% to 18% to 21%. that has created a slight inflation issue. now, pensions are inflation linked. and this country in november has to increase pension abouts by inflation. so by raising 2.5 billion euro v.a.t., it will cost them 3.5 billion euro misincreased pension costs. so you can see the conundrum. they're enacting enormous amounts of austerity, but that's denting an economy which is already in recession. its second since 2008. and things are getting worse. 25% unemployment, a million up sold homes. and we haven't even talked about the banking crisis and the autonomous region, some of which including catalonia are looking trying to get some form of assembly. it is a toxic mix. >> imagine that there will be pressure on markets as this they think unfolds. we're also counting down to the wire here of course in t
sound like you are fired up already. >> reporter: president obama is trying to capitalize on the video campaigning in milwaukee. >> i don't see a lot of victims here today. i see hard-working wisconsinenites. >> many republicans believe romney needs to sharpen his tone. >> i want to see fire in the belly. >> reporter: democrats are trying to fire up their base, targeting romney on his tax plan. >> the bigger issue isn't that he isn't being straight about his own taxes. the bigger issue is he isn't being straight about what he will do everyone else's taxes. >> reporter: with 25 states allowing early voting, saturday night at a black caucus dinner, michelle obama called the right to vote the nation's most important civil rights issue. >> this is the sit in of our day, sitting in the phone bank, calling everyone you know, calling your friend and neighbors and the nephew you haven't seen in a while. >> that was peter alexander reporting. in our fact or fiction segment, we look at a claim and ad by president obama about abortion. the ad claims that mitt romney and paul ryan are both "oppose
. >> the first debate against president obama and his challenger mitt romney is just three days away. karen traverse reports on what both sides are doing to prepare for the showdown. >> president obama and mitt romney were out of the public eye as they get ready for that you are first debate this wednesday. with the campaign duties. and vice president biden stumped in florida for the second consecutive days. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reigns got turned back over to bach and me, they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a stink stage with the high stacks showdown 2003 president obama and romney
, everyone. the first debate against president obama and his republican challenger mitt romney is just three days away. karen traverse reports on what both sides are doing to prepare for the showdown. >> president obama and mitt romney were out of the public eye as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. the exarch trail duties fell to their running mates. vice president biden stumped in florida for the second consecutive days. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reigns got turned back over to barack and me, they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes, but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a different stage with the high st
the '90s by noontime. it will be another hot day for tomorrow. > >> both president obama and mitt romney have been held down to very intense practice settings. >> minutes from the spent about eight days practicing. >> president obama spent a lot of time practicing. >> governor mitt romney is a great debater. >> president obama is a very gifted speaker. >> wednesday night is the restart of romney's campaign analysts say that romney will have to come across as likable. o obamas team is making sure that he is not long winded and preaching. one politician stated that we should not hope for much from the bulk of them. he stated that there was not one time where any thing grab anyone's attention. president oldobama received a recommendation. >> i am sure the president is not so happy about hearing about the endorsement. let's start with the importance for both candidates. >> let's talk about the pressure that is all both of them. the pressure on mitt romney best a lot. he has to give back on track and he has 90 minutes on wednesday to reverse that trend. the president has been playing good def
message and hit president obama for comments he made on that very same program. tara with more from the white house. >> derek, nationally the race remains tied. the push is on now to win over voters in key battleground states who can help swing the election. hundreds of flag waving supporters greeted mitt romney's plane as it taxied to a rally in pueblo, colorado. >> mitt romney. >> reporter: the gop white house hopeful is looking for votes in the battleground state, where a new poll shows president obama with an edge. >> the american people cannot afford four more years of barack obama and that's why i'm going to become the next president of the united states. >> romney pounced on the president's 60 minutes interview where he used the phrase, bump in the road, to talk about recent events in the middle east. >> these are not bumps in the road. these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. this is time for the president who will shape events in the middle east, not just be merciful or be mercy of the events in the middle east. >> the white house pushed b
5 >>> and campaign 2012 president obama and mitt romney featured on 60 minutes, as questions about a wide variety of issues including the economy dru levenson on how the candidates responded >>> on 60 minutes gop candidate mitt romney later up part of his economic plan to scott pelley. >>> u.s. the american people to hire u.s. president the want to hear specifics >>> i can tell them i will not raise taxes on middle income folks i will not lower the share of taxes paid by high income individuals >>> president obama criticized romney's plan >>> it only seems to have won no tax cuts for the wealthy and roll back regulations >>> romney has called upon the president to be more aggressive over the syrian revolt >>> if governor romney is suggesting we should start another war he should say so >>> after a video service to romney saying he does not care about americans to do not pay taxes he defended the comments >>> not everything i say is elegant i want to help one hundred percent of the american people >>> both men described the essential qualities of a leader >>> a later must see where
president obama and mitt romney featured on 60 minutes. they're asked questions about issues ranging from the economy to foreign policy. dru levenson with more. >>> on 60 minutes mitt romney laid out part of his economic plan to scott pelley >>> u.s. c american people to hire u.s. president the want to hear specifics >>> i can tell them i will not raise taxes on middle income folks i will not lower the taxes paid by high income individuals >>> president obama criticized romney's plan >>> ulysses have won no tax cuts for the wealthy and roll back regulations >>> romney has called for the president to be aggressive concerning iran's nuclear threat >>> i have executed my foreign policy and people largely agree with that president if mr. romney wants to start another war he should say so >>> after a video service to about mitt romney's and he does not care about those who don't pay taxes he defended the comments >>> i want to help one hundred percent of the american people >>> both men described qualities of a leader >>> a later has capacities and vision and seas were things are headed >>> le
that obama has moved out of the margin of error in the swing states so it will now be much harder for romney to see a path, a strategic path to victory. >> most voters identify the economy and jobs as the number- one issue. in this poll, all three swing states pennsylvania ohio and florida have a majority of voters choosing the president as their man to lead the charge, something we have not seen before >> notice that he has managed to weather the concern about the economy largely because romney has not convinced people that he will be a preferable alternative. >> presidential campaigns are character tests >> he is a campaign strategist and has worked with both bill and hillary clinton and al gore and he says it is not over yet >> particularly in the age of replacement referee is that we see in the nfl, the obama campaign should not be celebrating in the end zone too early. >> after republican nominee mitt romney was seen talking about the 47 percent who do not pay income taxes in a secret recording >> last week for romney will arguably go down as one of the worst week's presidential candida
debates between mitt romney and president obama. tara mergener tells us both campaigns are now dialing down expectations. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney get their first chance to put their policies side by side this week. wednesday's debate at the university of denver will focus on domestic policy. >> what i am most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: a new poll shows 56% of registered voters think the president will win the match up. he tried to lower expectations at a rally on sunday. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who will have the best zinger and tut with most points on the board. governor romney is a good day bator. i am just. >> reporter: the president is staying in nevada to prepare for the debate and romney is heading to colorado today. new jersey chris christie said romney is capable of a good debate. >> this whole race will turn upsetdown come thursday morning. >> i don't think one event will make or break there campaign. >> reporter: romney is trailing in the
for the race for president tonight. new polls show president obama ten points up now on mitt rolled romney in ohio. that is key battleground state. he has moved into the leans to obama column. that gives him 255 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win. both candidates campaigned in the buckeye state today. the president seized on the momentum linking romney to his comments that 47% of americans are victims who depend on the government. >> i don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims that never take responsibility for their own lives. as i travel around ohio and look out, i don't see a lot of victims. i see hard working ohioans. >> near cleveland, romney tried to repair the damage from his comments. he expressed empathy for out of work americans and claimed his policies would help them get back to work. >> when you cut through the words, you can look at the record. when you see policies that have not created the jobs america needs, you know it's time to choose a new leader, get a new coach, get america growing again. >> history says ohi
at nbcbayarea.com. >>> president obama's up coming fund-raiser, the musicians and athletes that will take a part. >>> a lawsuit filed by women in the military just today. >>> a dangerous scene in oakland. an accident sent several people to the hospital. the connection to city workers. >> for those who were there, they couldn't believe what they were seeing. six innocent people engineered after a bizarre accident. >> an suv collided with a city publics works van sending both barrelling into two oakland businesses. this all happened after 10:00 this morning at 14th and franklin in downtown oakland. jodi hernandez has more on what happened and, more importantly, how the injured are. >> i mean, it was really boom and the bodies and the glass. >> reporter: it's a crash that rocked gallery owner to the core. as a collision outside his business sent two cars up on to the sidewalk, slamming into his building and sending two pedestrians through the glass doors of his gallery. >> they were hit. they were really -- they were hit. yeah. you could here the boom. >> reporter: police say a city public works va
for president of the united states. republican mitt romney behind democrat barack obama in polls first debate in two days and there is a report could change for better or worse. >> this campaign going on nearly two years and it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to start paying attention. president obama reversing with senator john carey. and both have challenges and check lists. there is president obama working on shorter answers. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful not appearing irritated or -- impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions so it's more of his mannerisms and style z way it comes across. >> and mitt romney has to seem relatable after his comments and how can you do that? and connect with voters? >> there are all three of the things he suffered so on those three c's he's got do well. >> there is romney heading to colorado to continue prep. last night he tried to lower expectations a bit. >> there governor romney is a good debateor, i'm just okay. >> americans found 56% expect the president to
the hopefuls slugged it out as the candidates took a breather. both mitt romney and president obama released taped messages as they prepared for their first debate coming up in just three days. brian moore has the latest. >> days before the presidential debate, mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos in the middle east, he said these were merely bumps in the road. bumps in the road also describe something the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican president. >> look what president obama did on the budget. nothing. except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there yet
to ktvu.com and click on web links. >>>in 2012 election news, neither president obama or republican nominee mitt romney are campaigning today but their running mates are taking to the stage. vice president joe biden will rally in florida around 9:00 this morning. meanwhile, republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan is in new hampshire. this is not a live picture, but him at the event from this morning. despite the small size, new hampshire has become a key battle ground state. ryan was there just last week. the latest polls show the president ahead of mitt romney in nine battle ground states. mr. obama's biggest leads are in ohio, new hampshire, and iowa. of course, this could change in the weeks to come. the tightest races at this point are nevada and north carolina. the national average of those polled has president obama with a 49.5%, the potential vote 44% for romney. >>>in this weekend's presidential address president obama is calling on congress to help homeowners. >> last week mortgage rates were at historic lows. but instead of helping more and more hard working famil
. >>> still to come this morning on squawk, president obama, mitt romney and their respective campaign staffers hitting the airwaves. we'll have some of the highlights. and in the next hour, we have two of the world's most renowned scholars in the field of energy. why they argue that the situation in iran could be a game changer for crude prices. meantime, iranian hackers are have said to have attacked jpmorgan and citigroup. we'll talk cyber security. and ask reputation.com's michael fertik is the nation's banking system is at risk. ffrs . >>> tomorrow on "squawk box," an hour with our guest host barry diller who ran pariramount and fox. we'll talk politics with jeb bush. at optionsxpress we create easy-to-use, powerful trading tools for all. like our all-in-one trade ticket. we put strategies, chains and positions all on one screen. start trading today with optionsxpress by charles schwab. >>> last night both mitt romney and president obama were on "60 minutes" and this was a chance to see both of the candidates. it was a very interesting way of watching about it, among the topics th
. >> decision 2012 selling voters today tres obama over romney for health care. voters in 12 battleground states say oba will better face the challenges addressing health care. obama jose 5143 edge over romney on this issue. present obama as well as from the took shots at each other this weekend. romney was at a fund-raiser in l.a. and now the president said something unusual this week. he said that he can't fix washington from the inside it can only be done on the outside. were going to give them a chance on november 6th to do that. romney went to details of the emergency landing of his wives plane. she landed safely in colorado she was not injured. >> i appreciate the fact is she is on the ground safe and sound. i don't think she knows just how worried some of us were. when you have a fire and an aircraft, there is no place to go exactly. you cannot find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get inside the aircraft because the windows don't open. that's a real problem. she was choking and rubbing her eyes. fortunately there is enough oxygen for the pilot and co-pilot to make a safe landing i
businesses. >>> both presidential candidates will be in ohio today. president obama and mitt romney have been running neck and neck among voters in the buckeye state. one candidate is opening up a lead in the polls. kira klapper joins us from the newsroom. >> reporter: today's face off comes as new polls show romney falling behind and if he were to lose ohio his path to victory would be difficult. numbers out today one poll had romney eight points behind president obama in ohio. in another swing state florida, romney trails by four points. this map shows projections of the steep climb for romney without ohio he would need every other battleground state at the same time he needs to stay on message. yesterday at a rally in ohio romney backtracked a bit on the comment he made about the 47%. he said he doesn't have to worry about. >> i want to be president of all the people of america. i want to help all the people of america. you don't get into a race like this with myself and my family and do the work and commitment that we've put forward without the passion to help all of america. >> reporter:
. >>catherine: president obama and mitt romney go head-to-head in a state that neither can afford to lose. if the bolt are campaigning in ohio. the most recent polls are according to a growing need for the president not only in ohio but florida, and pennsylvania and we will say that romney was hurt by the recent fuss over secretly recorded comments in which he seemingly dismissed americans that do not pay income tax. the president is still using that as ammunition. >>president obama: as i travel around ohio and looked out on the schrod i do not see victims, i see hard-working people from ohio. that is what i see. >> there are so many in the country hurting right now, i want to help them and i know what it takes to get an economy going again. >>catherine: romney is playing catch-up. he is trying hard to connect with voters. he has released a new ad in which he looked directly at the camera and makes an appeal aimed at middle-class voters. many americans may not like the president's health-care overhaul but it does not mean they think is going the way. a new poll says if seven out of 10
york times cbs poll finds romney trailing president obama by 12 points in pennsylvania, by 9 in florida, trailing by 10 in ohio. fighting the perception by some voters he's out of touch. >> i've been across this country, my heartaches for the people i've seen. >> in his new ad romney looks at voters. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. my policies will make things better for them. >> barack obama was in ohio, too, talking less about his record and more about romney. >> i don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims. >> the auto bailout helps the president here. ohio unemployment is 7.2%, better than most states. >> i need to you register to vote. i need you to start voting. six days from now on october 2nd. >> early voting, they started last friday in south dakota. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >> still ahead at 6:00, a guy couple is filing a lawsuit over their engagement photo. we'll tell you why. >> i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center with hazy outside but you know, not too hot.
heat wave the next few days. >> thanks, leigh. >>> the first debate between president obama and the republican challenger mitt romney is just four days from now. karen travers reports what they are both doing for the showdown. >> they were out of the public eye as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. there will be campaign duties to their running mate. biden stumped in florida for a second consecutive day. he slammed the bush administration for the budget deficit. >> they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida you is looking like a must win scenario for romney. but today paul ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has four electoral votes, but ryan said that could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts to a different stage with wednesday night's high stakes showdown between president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at
. >>> the first debate between president obama and the republican challenger mitt romney is just four days from now. karen travers reports what they are both doing for the showdown. >> they were out of the public eye as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. there will be campaign duties to their running mate. biden stumped in florida for a second consecutive day. he slammed the bush administration for the budget deficit. >> they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida you is looking like a must win scenario for romney. but today paul ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has four electoral votes, but ryan said that could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts to a different stage with wednesday night's high stakes showdown between president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of debates, it is not about policy specifics. it is n
. >> reporter: the clock is ticking down to wednesday's debate with president obama and romney getting ready to go head to head for the first time and supporters weighing in on who is best prepared. >> i think both are excellent in their own way. you could argue mitt has had a lot more recent experience obviously. also, part of it depends on who is moderating. >> through at least 20 debates in the course of the primaries and gingrich himself just the other day said that he is the best debater. . republican said they think is he a great debater. >> reporter: romney used rob port man to act as his opponent while preparing for the debates and kerry played the role of romney's stand in. >> the president has a day job. he has been president and has not had the time to practice. all we hear about is how much romney is practicing, practicing, practicing. i think people should expect romney to come in very prepared, he will -- he will do very well because he has done well in all the debates. >> i think sometimes we expect a major breakthrough, you know -- the comment that doesn't happen very oft
vote" with 40 days to go. and president obama has opened up his biggest lead yet in gallup's daily poll, six points. that puts more pressure than ever on mitt romney. and david muir had a chance to talk to him late yesterday in ohio. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, george. that gallup tracking poll will be a concern for the romney campaign. that's the poll they've been pointing to make the case this is still a dead heat race. but the president taking the lead in that poll, as well. we asked the governor about these poll numbers as a new ad comes out this morning from the president. he's trying to keep that lead. >> read my plan. >> reporter: this morning, a rare and new two-minute pitch. a new ad from president obama, up in 17 battleground states, as he tries to shape the final weeks of this quickly shifting race. >> there will be debates, speeches and more ads. but if i could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say. >> reporter: it comes as the president is buoyed by strong poll numbers in crucial states, ohio and florida.
the country. >> even president obama is voicing his opinion on the call that decided monday's game saying it was "terrible." what will it take to get the real referees back on the field? one of the issues that led to the lockout in the first place and who will blink first. we're going to talk about this in just a couple of minutes with this guy sitting right here, bob castas of nbc sports. >> people are now making videos to express their frustration. ♪ i just met you it was crazy what's his number i'll call it maybe it's hard to call right never replay what's his number i'll call it maybe ♪ >> okay on the plus side it's spawning some creativity. all right. we'll have a little bit more on that part of the story too. >> it just points out the fact they have to do something quickly. >>> a woman who makes it halloween every single day. she wears a different costume at work each day, and she's done it for three years and counting. this morning, well, she's known as dressy jesse. she's gotten dolled up for us in an nbc page's uniform, much to the chagrin of our real nbc page. more on that c
more? >>> one-on-one -- president obama on the battle over how to fix our nation's public schools. >> can you really say that teachers' unions aren't slowing the pace of reform? >> this morning the president's revealing answer. >>> and say it ain't so. what could be devastating news for a lot of people who love bacon. according to industry experts, a world shortage is unavoidable today, tuesday, september 25th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today," it's 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on a tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, first we had replacement referees in the nfl and now you're telling me a shortage of bacon on the horizon? >> i can't go on. >> i'm only one man here, i can only take so much. i will arm wrestle you for this later. the drought impacted the soy and, the soybean and corn crops, that's what pigs eat, that's why there's a problem in the next year. it's a dire situation for bacon-lovers. >> and in other pigskin news, i'm repeating the same lame joke from the east coast, big story in footb
politics. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as romney looks to repair the damage from that 47% comment that was recorded at a fundraiser. peter alexander is with the romney camp in springfield this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. when it comes to the battlegrounds, there are three, florida, ohio, and virginia, both mitt romney and the president held dueling events in ohio on wednesday. today, they are both here in virginia. another state where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to sh
of months. secretary of state hillary clinton met with benjamin netanyahu. president obama was campaigning in virginia thursday. the white house said too busy to meet with the prime minister. earlier, he laid down his red line for stopping iran's nuclear program. >> this is a bomb. this is a fuse. >> netanyahu spoke a day after ahmadinejad called israel uncivilized. netanyahu said they were 70% to getting enough nuclear fuel for a bomb, has to be stopped within months. >> if these are the facts, and they are, where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. >> president obama told the u.n. this week there is more time before iran reaches the point of no return. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe there's still time and space to do so. >> american intelligence does not yet believe iran has made the political decision to actually build a weapon. >> whether or not iran made the decision will become irrelevant once we can no longer stop it. >> president obama's relationship with netanyahu has been difficult, at times frosty. an issue
, channelling mitt romney. in an iowa poll out today, president obama got another boost, leaving governor romney by four points, 49 to 45%. the president at ease, even making fun of his own gaffe. >> i want to see us export more jobs. export more products. excuse me. excuse me -- i was channelling my opponent there for a second. >> reporter: last week romney hinting at his debate approach. >> he's trying to fool people in to thinking thing that's don't and that ends during the debate. >> reporter: for days both sides have been tamping down expectations. today on the sunday talk shows. >> he's prepared more than any other candidate in i think history, certainly recent history. >> sometimes we expect a major breakthrough, the comment. that doesn't happen often. >> reporter: on "meet the press," new jersey republican governor chris christie had another take. >> thursday morning the entire narrative of the race will change. >> in an interview, anne romney reveals the greatest concern if her husband becomes president. >> my biggest concern would be for the, his mental well being. i have all the confi
. >>> romney and obama trying to l lower expectations ahead of the first presidential debate. >> he's a debater. i'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his failed marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s.
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